Remove the torx screws along both sides of the inside panel. Also remove the cover over the door pull. There are screws under it that have to come off. Pop off the electric switch panel for the window and door locks, and unplug the connectors. After removing all screws, pry the door panel away at the bottom, and push up to remove completely. Next, take out the four screws holding the speaker (for convenience. Pull the plastic film away from the sticky adhesive to gain access to the acess holes in the sheet metal. Locate the TWO independent regulator rails and the screws that hold them to the door, but first loosen the two screws that clamp onto the bottom of the glass. Once loose, you can remove the glass out the top slot for now. Next, locate the drive motor wiring harness and unplug. Then take out the screws that hold the two separate guide rails to the door panel. If you have already bought the new assembly, its easier to visualize how it comes out and goes back in. Chances are if you are replacing it, the cables are all jacked up or twisted inside. It takes a little work to get the new regulator in through the access holes, but once inside, it is easy to line up and put the screws back in. The rest is simple reassembly - just like you took it out - only in reverse. Don't forget to plug in the new motor before you put the panel on. I'd also recommend that you plug in the switch, and run it up and down a few times before you put the panel back together. Also, make sure to tighten the screws that clamp on the glass. While this project looks difficult, it is really not that hard. Estimated time to repair is about one hour for an average somwhat mechanical person.
Most of the new regulators come as an assembly with the motor already attached. From Ford, this should be about $100-110 jobber price. You can also buy online for less at places like Rockauto. Com.
Good luck, and remember "You can do this!".
Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 AT 6:30 PM